Dinosaur Birthday Party + Free Printables

Dinosaur Party + Free Printables // MeaganMusing

Andrew turned five last week, and we decided to go all out for his big celebration. He was so excited to invite his friends to our house, talking for months about who would be able to come and how much fun they would all have.

It’s no secret that dinosaurs are Andrew’s favorite thing in the whole wide world, so I put my creativity and my new Illustrator skillz to the test to create an epic dino bash for our favorite five year old. I had so much fun putting this party together. It was my favorite party so far, and I’ve decided I could just plan kid parties full time. I think they’re my love language. Ha!

Below is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about throwing a dinosaur party. I’ll have a list of sources at the end as well as links to download and print the party circles, the flag banner and the water bottle wrappers for your own dinosaur party.

First up, the food table.

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We Will Rock You at Fair Park

Last week my sister Kelsey and I left our kiddos in their dads’ super capable hands and headed out for a night at the Music Hall at Fair Park to see We Will Rock Youthe musical comedy based on Queen’s amazing catalog of songs and rock anthems.

We Will Rock You at Fair Park

The show was just great fun. I knew going into it that it was based on Queen’s music, but I didn’t know the premise of the show. I decided  it was a lot like The Hunger Games meets rock and roll. Pretty awesome combination in my book.

We Will Rock You

It gives us a look into the future, a time when individual thought is banned and we’re only supposed to communicate through social media – “Friends? I lost track when I got to two million on Facebook”. There are many great zingers, poking fun at social media using lines from Queen and current pop songs – “Is this the real life? Or is it just fantasy?” Ha!

The music perfectly tells the story.

We Will Rock You.

The lead singers are fantastically talented.  Ruby Lewis plays Scaramouche, an outcast who heads off with Galileo the rebel to save the world by finding the last remaining instrument on the iPlanet. Really, you just have to see it. Her voice is so powerful and she’s really funny too. Brian Justin Crum plays his role with great passion and you can tell he’s really having a fun time up there.

I’m not one to sit down and watch a movie. I don’t really care for the movie theater experience, and when I’m at home watching a movie, I’m prone to popping up out of my seat to check on something or finish a project.

But seeing a live show with a real, engaged audience is something else entirely. It never gets old, especially when we’re all waving our hands and singing along.

We Will Rock You presented by Dallas Summer Musicals will be at the Music Hall at Fair Park until March 16th. Tickets are available on the DSM website. Go quick! You’re sure to leave humming Somebody to Love and chuckling over Brittney Spears jokes.

Disclosure: Dallas Summer Musicals provided our family with two tickets to see the show, but all opinions are my own. 

Latest Bentos – “Fall” Edition

My goodness, it’s been a while since my last post.

I think I’m in some kind of why does it still feel like summer, but it’s supposed to be fall funk.

The days are shorter and the sunlight is a little softer, but it’s still hot as blazes and I’m just ready to step outside and not sweat.

But we’ve been plugging along at school.

I joined the ECPTA!  Andrew gets to pick out his own clothes every morning. Caroline LOVES her class so much she cries on Tuesdays when Andrew goes and she comes back home with me.

September has been good to us. :)

So here are a few of the lunches I’ve sent with the kids the last two weeks.

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Monday, Sept. 9

Lego Box Bento

Andrew’s lunch was packed in the Lego Box. We love this box, and now that he’s even more obsessed with Legos it’s even better. I used these stampers for the ham sandwiches with a rainbow cup full of ketchup, (I know – it’s so gross.) watermelon and graham sticks in a star cup.

What a cute way to start off the week!

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Planet Box Yogurt Bento

Andrew had turkey roll-ups, yogurt, strawberries, bunny grahams with a leftover pita triangle (there were two and he ATE one while I was packing his lunch – ha!) and mini chocolate chips. This lunch was packed in the Planet Box. I tossed a few picks in for fun.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Yumbox Turkey

Caroline’s lunch was packed the Yumbox. She had turkey roll-ups, cheddar cheese strips, pretzels, grapes, raspberries and yogurt covered raisins. I included the Hello Kitty picks and she was so excited! She kept waving – “hi lunch!” while I was packing. She’s a hoot!

Laptop Lunchbox

Andrew’s lunch was packed in the Laptop Lunchbox. This box has been much more popular in our house this year. I’d bought it last year and he couldn’t open it without help which was a big no-no for my independent three year old. But at four and a half he can rock it – we’ve practiced at home.

He had a really simple lunch of strawberries, pretzels and peanut butter celery. I tried to make him a star shaped ham sandwich, but it was too big so I cut the tips off and stuck a circle sandwich on top of it. Sometimes I mess up! :) And there’s ketchup in the dipping cup.

Monday, Sept. 16

Planet Box Superheroes

I sent Andrew with a Planet Box full of pretzels, shelled pistachios, apples and superhero sandwiches, with a few mini marshmallows for a treat. He picked the sandwich stamps he wanted to use. I love how interested he is in his lunches this year! The superman shield is a little cupcake topper ring.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Hot Dog Bento

Gah! This was a cute lunch packed in our frog box. Andrew had a cold turkey dog, cucumber slices, a cutie packed in an orange cup with a leaf pick, berry mix and star shaped pumpkin spice bread cut to fit in the star cup. This lunch was a little nod to fall I think.

Here’s to cooler weather, y’all!